Raoul Marradi of Jamaica Plain, who had cerebral palsy and used a wheelchair, has died at 59, after several years of suing scores of restaurants, bars and landlords in the Boston area to require them to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
News of his death comes in filings by his attorneys on Nov. 5 in the federal cases that were still open, such as one of his most recent suits, filed less than a month before he died, against Fiore's Bakery and its landlord on South Street in Jamaica Plain:
Plaintiff’s counsel hereby provides notice that, upon information and belief, Plaintiff Raoul
Marradi has passed away.
In the filings, attorneys Edward Garno of Lowell and Todd Shulby of Weston, FL. asked for 90 days to see if anybody would take over the outstanding suits before they are dismissed. Federal records showed some 180 suits by Marradi in recent years.
In 2015, the city of Quincy agreed to install ramps and make other changes along two major streets and at two city fields to make them accessible to people in wheelchairs after Marradi sued.
NECN interviewed Marradi last year about his suits.